Police: Assault suspect wearing bulletproof vest "in fear of his life"

Police: Assault suspect wearing bulletproof vest "in fear of his life"
Deonte Dornell Love (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A man accused of putting a gun to his girlfriend's head told police he wore a bulletproof vest "because he was in fear of his life."

On Monday morning, around 11:30, Jonesboro police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 400-block of Garden Manor.

The victim told officers that her boyfriend, 21-year-old Deonte Dornell Love, had thrown his backpack through the front window. She alleged he started "breaking things and fighting people, busting the second victim's lip."

The woman said she tried to get Love to leave when he pulled out a firearm and put it to her head.

As officers entered the residence, they found Love holding a firearm in his right hand, the affidavit said.

When police ordered Love to show his hands, he dropped the gun and complied with the officers' commands.

Police took him into custody and searched him. According to the court documents, they found he was wearing a bulletproof vest.

"He made the spontaneous utterance that he was at the apartment that day to pick up his gun," the affidavit said. "And was wearing the vest because he was in fear of his life."

After reviewing the documents, Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause Tuesday to charge Love with possession of a firearm by certain persons, aggravated assault on a family or household member, criminal mischief, and third-degree battery.

The judge set Love's bond at $50,000 and told him to appear in circuit court on June 29.

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